Sakaja Responds to Controversial Academic Papers

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Johnson Sakaja, senator representing the city of Nairobi, responded to allegations that he lacked the academic credentials necessary to run for governor of the county by arguing that he was in fact adequately equipped for the position.

During his speech on Tuesday, June 7, outside the headquarters of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Sakaja said that the papers he had submitted were the same ones he used to run for the Senate seat in the 2017 General Election.

He contested the problems that surrounded the authenticity of his academic diplomas and noted that they should be regarded as erroneous as a result of his arguments.

I am sufficiently qualified, the documents I presented are the same documents I presented in 2017 to vie for Senator, so I have been cleared to vie for Nairobi governor.

Sakaja Johnson

The Senator also made a passing reference to the postponement of the IEBC clearance, which had been scheduled for this past Saturday, June 4th. Sakaja said unequivocally that at the time, he was preoccupied with the organization of the Kenya Kwanza demonstration that was held in Kamukunji, which is located in the city of Nairobi.
On the other hand, he said that the IEBC had complied with his request and moved the meeting to Tuesday, June 7th.
Sakaja has been added to the list of those who want to run for the mayoralty of Nairobi. Polycarp Igathe, a candidate for Azimio la Umoja, and Agnes Kagure, an independent candidate, have both been given the all clear.

After widespread rumors circulated that Sakaja had not received his degree from the University of Nairobi, there was cause for concern over the legitimacy of his academic credentials (UoN).

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